Personalities | Oregon | Seventies | Jazz & Blues
(Instrumental group, 1971–present)
The antithesis of the fusion music of the 1970s, Oregon comprised Paul McCandless (oboe, English horn, tenor saxophone, bass clarinet), Glen Moore (bass, violin, piano, flute), Ralph Towner (guitar, piano, French horn, trumpet, flugelhorn) and Colin Walcott (tabla, sitar, clarinet, percussion). In some ways, Oregon resembled a chamber-music quartet more closely than a jazz combo, introducing diverse musical elements from far-flung cultures long before ‘world music’ came into vogue. After Colin Walcott was killed in a car accident in 1984, the group disbanded, but re-emerged in 1986 with Indian percussionist Trilok Gurtu and an even broader range of influences.
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